Simple Curtain Tutorial Using a Serger

In celebration of National Serger Month, we're showing a super simple window cu tutorial that I promise anyone can make! We used the user-friendly Baby Lock Imagine serger in this tutorial and a Baby Lock sewing machine. Grab your favorite fabric and let's get started!

Items Needed: Fabric, universal needles, serging thread (such as Maxi-lock all purpose spun polyester thread), serger, fray check, iron, ruler

First off, make sure you have your fabric, serger, serger thread, and needles. An iron, ruler and fray check will be helpful, too!

Step 1: Measure your window from where your rod sits to where you want your curtain to hang. Measure the width of your window and add 6 inches (an inch on each side for the hemming and 2 inches on each side to hang over your window).  For the length, add 2 inches on top (or more depending on the size of your rod).  Two inches will allow for a 1 inch insert for your rod. Cut fabric accordingly. 

Step 2: Serge each long edge. It’s important to serge the long edge first so that your top remains open to insert your pole

Step 3: Serge top and bottom of fabric (if you’re leaving a salvage end like myself, only serge the top of the curtain). 

Step 4: Optional: Apply Fray Check to serger hem ends so that your stitch does not come undone. Allow to dry 15-20 minutes.

Step 5: Once fray check is dry, fold your first side hem over a 1/2 inch and insert straight pins all the way down the fabric. Once the straight pins are in place, iron your edge down the length of the fabric to make it stick.  Repeat on the opposite long edge. 

Step 6. Using a sewing machine or by hand, straight stitch close to the edge (about ¼ inch), down the length of your fabric on each side. 

Step 7: Iron long edges again to join the new thread with the fabric.

Step 8: Starting at the top of your drape, measure down 1 inch, fold edge over and insert pins down the length, where the edge of your fold hits. Iron over top edge.

Step 9: Straight stitch close to the edge of your fold (a little las than 1 inch down), down the top of your fabric.

And, that's it! Easy as pie! Insert your rod and hang in window.